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The will-she-leave-or-won’t-she story of Jenna Coleman and Doctor Who Series 9 has moved to a new stage today, with newspaper The Mirror claiming that the actress has changed her mind and will now remain in the show beyond the Christmas special. As The Mirror tells it, “Jenna had originally planned to bow out in the...
- Christian Cawley
On Friday, the Mirror reported that Jenna Coleman will be staying on in Doctor Who as Clara Oswald after all.The production team has been expectedly circumspect about Coleman’s future on the show, refusing to comment on what they call ‘speculation’. But her coyness in every interview she has given this year, coupled with the fact that the Christmas special is called Last Christmas, has given fans good reason to believe that the festive episode will be her swansong. Now, apparently not.
If she is staying on, then I’m thrilled. Just about the only consensus on this year’s divisive series was how well Clara has been written and played. While Peter Capaldi’s status as Peter Capaldi gets him a free pass, »
- Dan Martin
Speculation surrounding Doctor Who’s companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, looks likely to continue right up until the traditional Christmas special of the BBC sci-fi hit show next month. The actress has long been rumored to be departing the show and not feature in the new season next year. Showrunner Steven Moffat told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month that while Peter Capaldi was aboard as the lead for next season, she had yet to sign up. Read more 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat Talks Ratings, Season 9 Responding to U.K. tabloid rumors that emerged on Friday
- Alex Ritman
A report from The Mirror claimed that Coleman will remain with the sci-fi series into its ninth series, despite speculation that she would depart this Christmas.
The story alleged that her character Clara would then depart midway through Doctor Who's ninth series.
"It's just speculation," a BBC spokesperson told Digital Spy. "Viewers will have to watch the Christmas episode to find out."
It only feels like yesterday the Tardis crash landed in Amy Pond’s back garden. But time really does fly whenever that blue box is concerned, because that was in fact four years ago and Amy’s alter ego, Karen Gillan, has come a long way since then.
Prior to becoming a household name, Karen enjoyed small parts in TV shows such as Rebus and The Kevin Bishop Show, as well as a guest role in Series 4 of Doctor Who, in which she played a Soothsayer in The Fires Of Pompeii.
Born and raised in Inverness, the Scottish actress then achieved mainstream success when she was chosen to become the Eleventh Doctor’s fiery companion Amy Pond. She made her on screen debut as the promiscuous kissogram in The Eleventh Hour in April 2010 and has described her stint on the show as the best years of her life.
- Dan Butler
BBC, Deep Breath
It feels like Peter Capaldi’s debut series in the Tardis was over before it had truly began, but the future is now looking very bright for Doctor Who and the era of the Twelfth Doctor is only just getting started.
Throughout Series 8 we were shown a much darker side to our beloved hero as he, as well as Clara, tried to get to grips with his latest incarnation, who has so far been much more removed and less reliable than his most recent predecessors.
Inevitably, Capaldi’s complex characterisation of the Time Lord has been the subject of intense discussion amongst fans.
Some viewers immediately liked to his more mysterious persona, while others haven’t been able to take to his fiercer temperament. Despite his darker personality, though, the man himself has reassured fans that he’s still the “funny, joyful, passionate, emphatic and fearless” Time »
- Dan Butler
Ah, now here’s some welcome news! Torchwood scribe, Catherine Tregenna will, according to her online CV, be writing for Series 9 of Doctor Who! Tregenna will be the first female writer since Helen Raynor, who wrote the slightly-wonky Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), and the far-more-enjoyable The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008). People have been giving showrunner, Steven Moffat...
- Philip Bates
It wouldn't be Christmas without some wild speculation about what you're getting. As such, here's our Doctor Who update...
It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid... Unless, of course, you travel with the Doctor, in which case being afraid is a fairly constant requirement. It is a superpower, after all.
Today, we've learned a little about what will be plaguing the Doctor and Clara this Christmas in the episode Last Christmas from a nice vague synopsis which has been doing the rounds...
"The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!"
As ever, we're not getting much info here. People are predicting a strong John Carpenter influence, but we'd be wary of predicting too much gore at Christmas tea-time.
Watch a BBC America teaser for the special below:
Doctor Who: 9 things that series 9 must deliver
Meanwhile, comedian Jack Whitehall has told Digital Spy that he would love to play a "Gruber-esque" villain in the series.
Watch a clip from 'Last Christmas' below: »
"...'The Doctor' is an alien 'Time Lord' from the planet 'Gallifrey' who travels through all of time and space in his 'Tardis'.
"His current travel companion is 'Clara Oswald', though he has a long list of friends and companions who have shared journeys with him. Instead of dying, the 'Doctor' is able to 'regenerate' into a new body, taking on a new personality with each regeneration. Eleven actors, plus John Hurt, have played the Doctor thus far.
"Now it's the 'North Pole' @ Christmas, and there's trouble..."
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- Michael Stevens
The 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special title has been revealed to be "Last Christmas." Upon reading the title, the Wham! song of the same name is now playing in my head (and maybe yours). Is this title a hint at this being Jenna Coleman's (Clara Oswald) last episode? I hope it's not, I really like the dynamic she has with Peter Capaldi (The Doctor).
- Free Reyes
Doctor Who star Matt Smith seems to enjoy making movies with zombies in them. He’s currently playing the role of Mr. Collins in the feature film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and now he’s been cast as the lead in a new zombie movie called Patient Zero. Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in Screen Gem’s film production.
According to Deadline, the story centers on an “unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies [which] has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in order to find a cure to save his infected wife and humanity.”
- Joey Paur
The stand-up and Fresh Meat actor described the BBC sci-fi show as a dream job, and pointed out that Moffat had clearly already seen his acting skills because he had cast a number of his co-stars in series 8.
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"I'd like to play a villain. »
Sherlock has been nominated for a 2015 Broadcast Award.
Elsewhere, Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor' has been nominated for International Programme Sales along with Y Gwyll/ Hinterland, Downton Abbey, Line of Duty, The X Factor and MasterChef.
Nominated in the Best Documentary series category are Benefits Street, Bedlam, Life in Death Row, Long Lost Family, My Last Summer and Protecting Our Parents.
The Broadcast Awards will take place on February »
However, the comedian and actress revealed that she is keen to work with her old co-star David Tennant again in a web-chat on The Guardian site.
Tate played Donna Noble on Doctor Who. Initially making a one-off appearance in the 2006 Christmas special, she became a regular for the fourth series in 2008 and made her final outing in Tennant's 2010 swan-song.
"Unfortunately I think Donna's storyline would prevent her from coming back, because any memory of the Doctor, of her time travelling with him, and the adventures she embarked on, would kill her," Tate wrote. "So I can't see a storyline being able to bring her back."
Of the show's current star Peter Capaldi, she added: "I think Peter is wonderful in the role, and I'm really enjoying the eighth season. He's a fantastic actor, and his wit and intelligence shines."
The BBC has already given us a taste of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special with a short preview [watch it here], and now we have a new promotional image of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, Jenna Coleman’s Clara and Nick Frost’s Santa Claus, along with a synopsis and official title – ‘Last Christmas’…
The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an arctic base and under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!
The post New promo image for the Doctor Who Christmas Special, title and synopsis revealed appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Adorable. So witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky that you will cry tears of joy from the perfection of it. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): was worried about CGI creepiness
I have read the source material (and I am indifferent about it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
So, a small brown illegal immigrant — he doesn’t even have a passport — sneaks over the border into the United Kingdom… and is instantly welcomed into the home of a quintessentially English family in London, complete with a kooky elderly kinswoman of unspecified relation and a house that is the epitome of storybook chic.
And it is adorable.
Paddington is, in fact, so cute and witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky and positively downright altruistic that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Now that the latest series has reached its dramatic conclusion (hands up if you’re still recovering from the finale!), the attention of Doctor Who fans has now swiftly turned to the upcoming series as speculation about who will be writing for the Doctor’s next string of adventures begins.
It is already known, of course, that showrunner Steven Moffat will be back to oversee the timey-wimey proceedings for what will be his fifth series at its reigns. As such, he’ll be contributing the majority of the episodes, and, as the man in charge, he’s also responsible for hand picking the other writers who will have the privilege of leaving their mark on the Twelfth Doctor’s second series. Just think of him in his office sitting on a throne made of Dalekanium, only he’s stroking a life size figure of K-9 instead of a white fluffy cat… »
- Dan Butler
They’ve got Ben Wheatley for the opener?! If you’ve seen any of Wheatley’s work you’ll know why I was surprised and you’ll know why I was excited. It’s individual, witty and intelligent. It’s sort of the *opposite* of Love & Monsters (no I’m never letting it drop). We were promised something darker, moodier, scarier – perhaps...
- James Lomond
For fifty one years now, the Doctor has been a hero to children of all ages everywhere. Armed with only his magic wand Aka sonic screwdriver, he tumbles about the universe in a box that’s bigger on the inside, righting wrongs and fighting monsters as he goes. As Peter Capaldi’s current moodier incarnation of the character shows, sometimes doing good is hard but he always manages it. The Doctor always wins. Doesn’t he?
At the end of the recent series finale, when he thought he was going to end up with blood on his hands, the Doctor said something very rare to the Master: “you win.” Of course, in this case the Doctor’s hands were wiped clean (thanks Cyberbrig) but there have been occasions when the Doctor did in fact lose.
He always saves the planet, yes, but there have been many times when the »
- Christian Bone
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